Rebuilding a Sustainable Haiti: Symposium Videos

A while ago we told you about Rebuilding a Sustainable Haiti, a symposium on planning strategies that can lead to a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future in , hosted by the Institute for Urban Design on June 4.

The organization have recently added videos of the entire symposium to their website. You can see the various presentations, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions that took place. The videos are also timestamped to allow viewers to skip ahead to highlights within the individual videos. You can see all the videos right here.

AD Round Up: Interiors Part IV

It may look beautiful from the outside. But does it look great inside? Have a look at our fourth selection of previously featured interiors projects. Check them all after the break.

LEGO Group’s Development Department / Bosch & Fjord
Bosch & Fjord have designed a space for LEGO Group’s Development Department in Billund that is both visually and socially stimulating for its employees and visitors. As a multinational workplace, cooperation and knowledge sharing is essential for the employees and thus the interior design of their department. A reception area, café and group of meeting rooms were designed to meet these needs (read more…)

Top 250 US Architectural Firms

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It’s that time of the year. Architectural Record has published their list of Top 250 architecture firms. The companies are ranked according to revenue for architectural services performed in 2009 in $ millions.

The list is compiled from a survey conducted for Engineering News-Record’s annual Top 500 Design Firms Sourcebook. As last year, number 1 was for AECOM Technology Corporation, an engineer-architect firm from Los Angeles, California.

The firms classify themselves by:

A = Architect
AE = Architect-Engineer
AP = Architect Planner
EA = Engineer-Architect
AEC = Architect-Engineer-Contractor

See the top 25 after the break.

Navarro Correas Winery / aft Arquitectos

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Architects: aft Arquitectos – Atelman – Fourcade – Tapia Arquitectos
Location: Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza,
Construction Supervision: Arq. Alfredo Tapia, Arq. Antonio Funes
Construction Supervision Team: Ing. Roberto Gerotto, Arq. Sonia Enriz
Project Team: Arq. Julieta Mansilla, Arq. Federico Ferrer, Arq. Vanesa Döning, Arq. Patricio Pon, Arq. German Nieva, Arq. Jorge Casas, Arq. Enzo Binetti, Arq. Barbara Salusso, Arq. Carolina Andretich, Arq. Constanza Pelaez, Arq. Juan Duarte, Arq. Josefina Poroli, Arq. Luciana Borgatello, Arq. Gustavo Sanchez, Arq. Mariano Recalde, Arq. Paola Richardson
Client’s Project Manager: Arq. Eduardo Enriz
Contractor: SANTIAGO MONTEVERDI – Construcciones civiles
Site Area: 308.67 sqm
Phase I Area: 10,596 sqm
Phase II Area: 4,500 sqm
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Claudio Manzoni

AD Classics: Eiffel Tower / Gustave Eiffel

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The Exposition Universelle of 1889, also known as the World’s Fair, was held in Paris celebrating 100 years since the start of French Revolution. Paris used this celebration to reconstruct parts of the city surrounding the Bastille. There were attractions, exhibits, 28,000,000 visitors, and most unforgettable of all, the 1063-foot breathtaking iron structure so famously known as the Eiffel Tower. ’s vision as the engineer and designer was to astonish crowds with the tallest building in , which at the time was built as the entrance to the World’s Fair. He succeeded. Not only was the Eiffel Tower the tallest building in the world until 1930 upon the completion of the Chrysler Building in New York, but it is still themost-vistited paid monument in the world.

More on the Eiffel Tower after the break.

H2Otel / Powerhouse Company + RAU

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RAU and Powerhouse Company developed H2Otel, a luxurious and completely sustainable hotel for Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The project, a prototype for luxury hotel typologies, is shown at the National Design Triennial ‘Why Design Now?’ at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in .

More images, a video and architect’s description after the break.

Library and auditorium for the University of Amiens / Serero Architects

Library Front View ©

Serero Architects’ winning design for a library and auditorium for the University of Amiens incorporates a wooden “smart skin” that controls the internal space ambiance and frames views.  Resting in the middle of the campus, the new building will “constitute a central place for exchanges and meeting around technologies as well as the catalyst of an intense campus social life” explained the architect.

More about the winning design and more images after the break.

New Holmenkollen Beacon / JDS

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Architects: JDS Architects
Location: Oslo,
Partner in Charge: Julien De Smedt
Project Managers: Kamilla Heskje, Morten Sletbak Have
Project Team: Aleksandra Kiszkielis, Alex Dent, Alf Lassen Nielsen, Andrea Weisser, Carlos Cabrera, Derrick Lai, Dries Rodet, Edna Lueddecke, Elina Manninen, Erik Olav Marstein, Felix Luong, Filip Lipinsky, Gunnar Hoess, Ieva Maknickaite, James McBennett, Johanna Kliment, Joue Gillet, Kristoffer Harling, Liz Kelzey, Magda Kusowska, Marco Boella, Michaela Weisskirchner, Pauline Parcollet, Robert Huebser, Tineke Vanduffel, Torkel Njå, Wolfgang Mitterer, Wouter Dons
Competition Team: Babara Costa, Derrick Lai, Mads Knak-Nielsen, Mikkel H. Sørensen, Victoria Diemer Bennetzen
Collaborators: Norconsult, Grindaker, Metallplan, Intra
Budget: 29,000,000 EUR
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

1111 E. Pike / Olson Kundig Architects

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Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
Location: , Washington,
Design Principal: Tom Kundig
Managing Principal: Kirsten R. Murray
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Tim Bies & Francis Zera

Zoo Nursery / Carreño Sartori Arquitectos

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Architects: Mario Carreño Zunino, Piera Sartori del Campo
Location: National Zoo, Santiago Metropolitan Park,
Collaborator: Pamela Jarpa Rosa
Contractor: Constructora Arquios Ltda.
Structural Engineering: Ingevsa ltda.
Electrical Engineering: ICG S.A.
Services: Patricio Vega Vásquez
Landscape: Piera Sartori del Campo, Pamela Jarpa Rosa
Zoo Technical Consultant: Equipo Zoológico Nacional
Site Area: 63 sqm
Constructed Area: 115 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Marcos Mendizabal

Izmir Opera House / Ozel Office

Front View of Opera House ©

Ozel Office, a practice based in both LA, California and Istanbul, Turkey, has designed a competition proposal for an Opera House for , a port town off the Aegean Coast.  The competition challenged participants to see architecture as a “catalyst” that could potentially help the city re-center itself as a hub of economic activity and source of cultural significance.  The collaborative effort within the office, especially led by Guvenc Ozel and Erdim Kumkumoglu, produced a proposal where the ”architecture becomes a catalyst that reinforces the relationship between the old city, the new city, the waterfront and urban culture. In short, our vision is a synergy of spatial, cultural as well as practical and contextual aesthetics.”

More images and more about the project after the break.

Steven Holl Architects Knut Hamsun Center Wins 2010 North Norwegian Architecture Prize

Steven Holl Architects has received the 2010 North Norwegian Architecture Prize for the Knut Hamsun Center in Hamarøy, . The Prize is awarded annually to projects with special reference to, and significance for North Norwegian historical, cultural, economic and physical conditions.

Having opened its doors to the public on August 4, 2009, on the 150th anniversary of Knut Hamsun’s birth, the Knut Hamsun Center is dedicated to Norway’s most renowned twentieth-century author, and the 1920 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

AD Round Up: Best from Flickr Part XIV

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So we’ve finally reach more than 20,000 photos on our Flickr Pool. You can see some really amazing pictures so our selections keep getting harder. You can see all of our previous selections here. As always, remember you can submit your own photo here, and don’t forget to follow us through Twitter and our Facebook Fan Page to find many more features.

The photo above was taken by clarkmaxwell in Chicago, . Check the other four after the break.

1st Annual ENYA Merit Award

Beginning February 2009, The AIA New York Chapter and its Emerging New York Architects committee (ENYA) launched a pilot Boot Camp Review program to get intern architects in shape for the Architect Registration Examination (ARE). In the summer 2009, AIANY added graphic vignette workshops to its class offerings, established an ARE Resource Library and several other classes and events to promote and encourage emerging architects to stay focused on the licensure track. The revenue from these programs was used to expand the existing programs and create new support programs for local ARE candidates.

The purpose of the award is to recognize the significant contributions of interns at an early stage of their career to the AIA Chapter, and to help encourage them to complete their licensure by rewarding them upon completion. Awards are not based on financial need, as much as they are based on contributions the intern has made to their profession, their community and the AIA Chapter.

For more information, click here. Seen at ArchitectureWeek.

Huntington Urban Farm / Tim Stephens


New Zealand architect, Tim Stephens, shared his Urban Farm design with us. The farm responds to the lack of support for the sustainable practice of growing and cultivating one’s own food source, an important issue Stephens sees as becoming more prevalent as our population increases.  The farm provides convenient access to individualized plots of land where users can produce their own food right in the middle of the town.

More images and more about the project after the break.

Qumran Winery / Konkrit Blu Arquitectura

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Architects: Konkrit Blu Arquitectura (Sandra Hernández + Álvaro Solís)
Location: Peñafiel Valladolid,
Structure: Martí Cabestany I Puértolas
Engineering: Benito Gutierrez, MeCa asociados
Riggers: Laura Sanz Sanz, Salvador Méndez de la Viuda
Lighting: Alvarez Beltran
Contractor: Construcciones del Duratón
Client: Bodegas y Viñedos Qumrán, S.A.
Project Year: 2006-2009
Project Area: 700 sqm
Photographs: José Hevia

New York Designs 2010: Call for submissions

Architects, landscape architects, engineers, and other designers are invited to submit projects to the Architectural League’s New York Designs series. Projects of all types at any scale, either built (completed within one year of submission) or under construction in City, are welcome. Quality is the sole criterion for selection.

New York Designs recognizes accomplished built work in New York City. If your project is selected, League staff will work with you to develop an appropriate presentation, most often taking the format of an on-site tour or brief lecture. We invite designers to include project collaborators, such as consultants, contractors, engineers, clients, and others in the project presentation. Submission assumes the accessibility of the space by a group of 20-30 people and availability of the designer to take part in a New York-based program. For more information click here. Seen at Bustler.

4D LIFE | Space and Time / Laura Alvarez Architecture


Not only did Laura Alvarez Architecture place in Europe’s top 40 architects under 40, but the young firm also just received a unanimous first prize standing from the jury of the Customize Me! competition sponsored by the Heijmans Vastgoed & Woningbouw.  Asked to provide a new vision for contemporary housing, Laura Alvarez responded with a housing model that can be aadjusted for different kinds of families and if a person suddenly changes his way of living.  Entitled 4D LIFE | Space and Time – four dimensions of living, space and time are linked entities so that how the space is used directly correlates to time.  ”We want to offer a house that fits all moments of life and to all kinds of standards of living.  We want to offer space for personal input, for all kinds of people, independently from their origin, social status or age.” explained the architect.

More images and more about the winning proposal after the break.